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Christy Fenton

2017 Fellow

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Fatty Legs Canada

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the author of four award-winning children’s books about Inuvialuk elder Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s time at Indian Residential School. Fatty Legs and A Stranger At Home have been added to numerous Canadian school curriculums, staged as musical productions, featured in a music video, and translated into French and Korean. Using her writings as a platform for social change, education, and awareness, Jordan-Fenton gives more than 100 presentations per year on residential school history and decolonizing, and has spoken from Inuvik to Havana. In addition, Jordan-Fenton is an indigenous rights advocate, and land and water defender, who is currently studying a diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement with UPEACE. She has been an infantry soldier, a survival instructor, a bronco rider, and wild pig farmer, among other things, and has lived in Australia, South Africa, and the U.S. She currently resides in northeastern British Columbia, Canada, with her three children, and is focusing on creating new storytelling collaborations for social change, advocacy, and peace.